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Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Structured Opportunities 1 VCT D Share Offer

Downing Corporate Finance – Downing Structured Opportunities 1 VCT D Share Offer

Type: Venture capital trust

Aim: Income and growth by investing in unquoted asset-backed UK companies and unquoted firms with predictable income streams, and in institutional structured products managed by Brewin Dolphin

Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2012 for the 2011/12 tax year, April 30, 2012 for the 2012/13 tax year

Charges: Initial 5.5%, annual 1.5% plus additional 0.5% for launch costs including IFA commission, performance fee 3p for each D share plus 20% of returns above 100p for each D share

Special offer: 2% or 1% of the amount invested in extra shares for existing shareholders, 1% for new investors

Offer period: Until November 30, 2011 and February 17, 2012 for existing investors, until November 30, 2011 for new investors

Commission: Initial 2.25% plus 0.25% renewal

Tel: 020 7416 7780



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